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UK minister's visit to contested Falklands angers Argentina

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The British government minister responsible for the Falkland Islands began his first visit to the contested territory on Monday and an angry Argentina accused him of high-handed colonialism. Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in 1982, prompting Margaret Thatcher, then British prime minister, to dispatch a naval task force to retake them in a short but bloody war.

Cameron vows to defend Falklands after 'momentous' year

Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Friday to defend the Falkland Islands after a "momentous" year in which residents voted to remain a British overseas territory. In a Christmas message, Cameron said the world should respect the overwhelming result of a referendum in March which came in the face of increasing calls from Argentina to negotiate the island's sovereignty. "2013 will be remembered as a momentous year in the history of the Falkland Islands," Cameron said.

Argentina bars 4 British oil firms over Falklands operations

Buenos Aires, Aug 23 (EFE).- Four British oil companies carrying out exploration work in waters near the Falkland Islands have been barred from operating in Argentina. The measure affects Borders & Southern Petroleum, Desire Petroleum, Argos Resources and Falkland Oil and Gas. All four are prohibited from working in the South American nation for 20 years due to their unauthorized exploration activity "in areas near the Malvinas Islands (as the Falklands are known to Latin Americans)," the Argentine government said in a statement posted Friday on its Web site.

Britain's Falklands War naval chief dies aged 81

Sandy Woodward, who commanded the British navy task force that retook the Falkland Islands in the 1982 war with Argentina, has died aged 81, the defence ministry confirmed Monday. The admiral died after a long illness, his daughter told the BBC. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "a truly courageous and decisive leader who helped ensure Falkland Islanders can still live in peace and freedom". Britain has held the Falklands since 1833 but Buenos Aires claims the barren South Atlantic islands are occupied Argentine territory.

Falkland Islands mourn Thatcher, Argentines bitter over past

By Hilary Burke and Karina Grazina BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Falkland Islanders mourned Margaret Thatcher on Monday, revering her as their liberator after a 1982 invasion by Argentine forces, but many Argentines bitterly recalled her role in defending the South Atlantic territory. Flags flew at half-staff on the Falklands after news of Thatcher's death on Monday aged 87. The head of the local legislative assembly said it was a day of great sadness and another resident praised her as "our Winston Churchill."

Argentines kill British 'terrorists' in Falklands-based game

A local company has created a version of the first-person shooter videogame "Counter Strike" in which Argentine "police" kill British "terrorists" on the Falkland Islands. For centuries, Argentina has claimed the British-controlled, wind-swept South Atlantic archipelago as part of its territory. The islands were at the heart of a bitter 74-day war between the two countries in 1982. This version of the popular online game takes place in an alternate world in which Argentina won the 1982 war, and its police are defending the islands from British "terrorists."

Britain pledges to defend distant cousins on Falkland Islands

* Cameron warns Argentina after Falklands referendum * Islanders vote overwhelmingly to remain British territory * Britain defeated Argentina in 1982 Falklands war By Shadia Nasralla and Maria Golovnina LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron warned Argentina on Tuesday that Britain would always be ready to defend citizens in the remote Falkland Islands after they voted almost unanimously in a referendum to remain British.

Britain tells Argentina to respect Falklands vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday urged Argentina to respect the wishes of the Falkland Islanders after they voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to remain a British territory. A near unanimous 99.8 percent of the 1,672 eligible voters in the disputed South Atlantic archipelago voted "yes", according to official results, with a 92 percent turnout. Only three of the 1,517 valid ballots were cast against staying an internally self-governing British territory.

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Falkland Islanders hold a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal. Residents of the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic have hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant "YES" made of four-wheel drives ahead of the vote. In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.

Falkland Islands vote in referendum with eye on world

Falkland Islanders hold a referendum on Sunday and Monday to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal. Residents of the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic have hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant "YES" made of four-wheel drives ahead of the vote. In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.
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